Chicken Casserole With Veggies, Pasta, and Cheese: Perfect For A Busy Weeknight Dinner


The kids are all back in school now, which means trying to get dinner on the table again becomes a challenge. Most days, Ethan doesn’t get home from school until after 3, then there’s a quick snack, homework, and play time. And somehow during that time I have to figure out a quick, delicious meal that the kids will eat (preferably without complaint). Enter my love for the chicken casserole.

Casseroles are great because they are like one-pot hits. You can throw together what you have on hand and usually they are prepared and done in less than an hour. Ingredient substitutions are usually easy to make. Most casseroles can be made in advance, so you can pull it out of the fridge and pop it in the oven without having to do anything. There’s not a huge mess to clean up at the end either.

So in the midst of the after school craziness, I find myself making casseroles for dinner a lot. I recently prepared a chicken casserole for dinner that the kids initially turned their noses up at, but after trying it they asked for seconds. Ethan even asked if I could make it every night.

Chicken Casserole With Veggies, Pasta, and Cheese

This recipe is not only easy to prepare but will be on the table in less than 45 minutes!

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Chicken Casserole With Veggies, Pasta, and Cheese

Chicken Casserole With Veggies, Pasta, and Cheese

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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Country Crock Spread, melted and divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces dry pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 3 cups of frozen veggies (your choice), thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup panko or regular bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Combine 3 tbsp Country Crock Spread, milk, pasta, chicken, vegetables, cheddar cheese, the onion and garlic powders, and pepper in a 13x9 baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining Spread, bread crumbs, and cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
  4. Bake about 30 minutes or until heated through and the top is toasted.

Notes

No time to cook chicken? Use last night's leftovers or stop by the grocery store to buy already cooked chicken in the deli.

If you don't have time to thaw frozen vegetables, place them in a microwave safe dish and defrost them on the defrost setting.

This casserole can be prepared in advance. Adjust cooking time by 5 - 10 additional minutes.

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Casserole Tip: Double the recipe and prepare two separate casseroles at the same time. One can then be cooked while the other can be frozen for a quick dinner on one of those evenings that you just don’t have the energy to cook!

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I have several other chicken casserole recipes, including this Buffalo Chicken and Cheesy Potatoes. It’s a favorite of mine. This Chicken Da Bomb casserole ain’t bad either!

What is your favorite casserole recipe? Feel free to share in the comments!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Comments

  1. This will be dinner tonight…thanks! :)
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  2. You make me want to cook more. Thank goodness the heat is finally going away and I’m not afraid to turn the oven on!
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  3. YUM my family will love this! :)
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